Andaman and Nicobar Islands have people from all religion ,languages and ethnic group staying here , thus lending the island a cosmopolitan outlook.
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In fact Andamans is called mini India because of people of various religions and races staying in perfect harmony here. Indeed you find unity in diversity here.
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Thus naturally all festivals are celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm and people take part in all of them. The festivals in Andamans which need special mention are ;
Island Tourist Festival :
This is held in the month of December-January and is
celebrated for a fortnight. The whole of
Island is beautifully decorated at this time.
During this festival , exhibitions are
organized which sees participation from government agencies
as well private businessmen.
This exhibition depicts the development process of the islands.
You get to see performances from cultural troupes as well nationally and internationally renowned artists during the Island Tourist Festival .
Also you are lucky to see tribal performances during this time.
The highlights of this festival are:
Water Sports competition like Nicobar Hodi Race,
Scuba Diving :
The main theme of theIsland Tourism Festivalis to project the Andamans as an eco-friendly tourist destination.
This festival highlights the art,culture marine life and folk dances and songs of Andamans.
Subhash Mela : This is another important Andaman Festival which is held in the month of January. It is celebrated in Havelock Island on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Week long festivity along with cultural programs are seen at this time.
Vivekananda Mela : This is also held in the month of January and is celebrated at the Neil Island to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Block Mela :
It is celebrated at Diglipur in the
month of January/February every year. This festival
particularly highlights the progress of rural areas
and also depicts the rural life of the islands.
The people of Andamans celebrate a lot of festivals which are derived from the mainland. The most famous one being
South India Tour Travel invites you to come and join in the festivals in Andamans.